No doubt, this has been a strange NCAA college football season from a scheduling standpoint, but the Ohio State Buckeyes will begin their 2020 season tomorrow afternoon against Nebraska. I’ve been a little thrown off myself-and a little frustrated, but here’s the scoop. It’s the 8th week of the NCAA College Football season, but for the Big 10, it’s only week 1. Technically speaking of course.
Tomorrow, Saturday, October 24th at 12 noon, Ohio State and Nebraska will kickoff. Next Saturday, the Buckeyes travel to State College, Pennsylvania for a night game against Penn State.
In August, Big 10 Commissioner Kevin Warren released a letter stating that all Big 10 Fall sports would be cancelled this season, but obviously that’s not the case. Wisconsin and Illinois play tonight, which is officially the Big 10’s opener, and all 14 Big Ten teams will play this weekend.
As far as predictions go, Athlon Sports Online has Ohio State winning big. The Buckeyes are a 26 point favorite, and that’s partly because Ohio State has beaten Nebraska by 40 or more the last three times they’ve met; the other reason is because Ohio State is just that good, and they’re home.
The rest of the conference looks like this:
Saturday, October 24th
Rutgers at Michigan State, kickoff at 12 Noon
Penn State at Indiana, Kickoff at 3:30
Iowa at Purdue, Kickoff at 3:30
Michigan at Minnesota, Kickoff at 7:30
Maryland at Northwestern, Kickoff at 7:30
I would think we could toss National Rankings out the window since some teams are playing more games then others (I mean, you would think), and by more games I don’t mean one or two. Clemson, for example, played four games already. If Big 10 teams are only playing conference games this season then, well, you get the point. The inconsistencies in scheduling have caused all kinds of concerns. Think about it. As much as we think we know about Ohio State or any other Big 10 team, we won’t know anything until this weekend has come to pass.
Okay everyone! Enjoy your weekend.